robin loops wrote:The most important thing to be careful of is to avoid any strain that can lead to injuries and problems later. So never push yourself too hard and when feeling any pain (not to be confused with healthy fatigue and/or soreness) to take a break. My advancement was seriously hindered in the beginning by developing chronic pain, which led to having to take a very long break from classical altogether.
While it's obviously best if you can study with a teacher, that's not always an option. If you're self teaching, it's a good idea to at least set up a few classes with a teacher to help get you off on the right foot. It can help dial in the proper posture, technique, approach, etc. and avoid the pitfalls of having to unlearn bad habits later. Then you can meet with them afterwards, a couple or few times a year, to assess where you're at.
Thanks. My left wrist is much weaker than my right and it does tend to tire more quickly than the right. Plus everything is new so there's bound to be some fatigue. I'm limiting my initial training to 10-15 minute sessions per day. And some days I struggle to fit it in! In the new year, once Christmas is out of the way, house back to normal etc I hope to be more rigid with my practice.
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